Black ice is a serious threat this morning following a night of icy rain and drizzle and temperatures at or below freezing in many locations.
Drivers should use extreme caution for slick spots on roadways, especially bridges and overpasses.
Roads are reported to be slick in Nash and Edgecombe counties. Halifax County has slick spots especially in the southern part of the county.
An accident was reported after 6 a.m. on I-95 northbound near Roanoke Rapids, causing one vehicle to slide into a ditch.
The Highway Patrol says if you must travel this morning please me mindful of these safety tips:
· Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.
· Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
· Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge.
· If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SLIDE. Do NOT apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.
Highway crews are getting ready for the possibility of ice overnight, as many organizations have delays for Wednesday morning because of possible icy conditions.
D.O.T. workers in Pitt County planned to start pre-treating highways with brine solution at midnight.
"In an event like this, where they call for the rain beforehand, putting that brine application out wouldn't do us much good. It would just wash it off the road," said Jeremy Stroud, DOT maintenance engineer.
Greenville Street Superintendent Ron Donley's plan was to start working on the roads at 6 p.m. The city has some 250 tons on salt on hand.
Many school systems, day cares, government offices, and businesses have delays for Wednesday morning in anticipation of icy conditions.